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Congratulations EPEA Scholarship Recipients




The Erie 1 Professional Educators Association recently awarded the Marie Szabla Memorial Scholarship to five deserving seniors. Each student received $1000 toward their continuing education.


Marissa Leone - Marissa is a Kenmore West graduate and will be attending Nova Southeastern University. Marissa is a standout student with her academics, extracurriculars and dedication to the community. She has the exceptional characteristic of finding inspiration in challenges and roadblocks, a quality that few possess, that will certainly lead Marissa to great success. Marissa’s future is bright as she will major in Biology followed by graduate school to become a Physician Assistant. Congrats and best wishes to Marissa as she starts a new chapter of her life, enjoys sunny Florida while we freeze in Buffalo, and stays committed to her dreams.


Lauryn DiPalma - Lauryn is an Edge Academy graduate and will be attending Hilbert College. Lauryn has a Never Give Up Attitude that got her through high school and will lead her to thrive in college. She is self-aware and self-assured, qualities that set her apart from her peers. Congratulations to Lauryn on graduating early from high school, continuing her education at Hilbert College, and receiving the Szabla Memorial Scholarship.


Charlotte Boal - Charlotte is a Kenmore West graduate and will be attending Kent State University. Charlotte is an active student excelling in academics and a member of the varsity Track, Cross Country and Lacrosse teams. She also dedicates her time to volunteer through Kids of the Kingdom, Kenton Closet, and Our Lady of Black Rock Soup Kitchen. Charlotte is a dedicated, energetic, and motivated young woman; qualities that she will need to achieve her goal of starting, owning, and running her own business. There is no doubt that at Kent State she will put in the work and get one step closer to achieving these goals. Congratulations and we wish Charlotte good luck and know that she will follow her guiding light with all her future endeavors.


Brent Krucenski - Brent is a St. Joseph's graduate and will be attending Alfred State College. The story goes that when Brent was 18 months old, he was caught cutting 2x4s with a hacksaw. Some of us are just born a certain way and Brent is one of those people. He is mechanically inclined and seeks to use this innate trait in the Building Trades Program at Alfred State. In high school, Brent was part of the Robotics club where he innovated, built, and displayed leadership. Brent’s dream is to start his own construction company. Alfred State is the perfect place for this lifelong builder to develop into the man he wants to be. Congrats Brent and when you are building your dream house with your own hands, remember it all started with a 2x4 and a hacksaw.


Ryan Burgin - Ryan is a graduate of the Edge Academy and will be attending Niagara County Community College. Ryan was accepted into the NCCC Culinary Arts Program. Ryan has excelled in the BOCES Culinary Arts Program and decided that he wanted to further develop his skills in college. Ryan’s love of cooking started as a young child and has continued to develop over the years. His goals are to graduate from NCCC, continue to develop his skills post-graduation, and eventually open his own restaurant. These goals require dedication and Ryan is ready and prepared to put in the work to meet these goals. Congratulations to Ryan on being chosen for the scholarship and good luck with all the future has to bring.

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